Traveling with Prescription Controlled Substances

Traveling with controlled prescription medications can pose some unique challenges. You’ve legally obtained your prescription from your general practitioner and have been using the particular drug for a medical relevent use. But you need to travel for work and bring your prescription through an airport or you keep your medication in your car for when you need it.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep you out of trouble and to keep you from accidentally accruing fines or worse time in prison. If you do every find yourself in a position where you are being arrested for legally obtained drugs, immediately contact a drug possession attorney.  

Do: Bring only what you think you will need

For medications you may use only occasionally, such as Tramadol or Xanax, consider keeping only a few pills on you when you travel if that is what you will need. Your prescription may be for 30 pills but during the week you are gone you may only need four. Keep just those four in your possession.

Do: Bring a doctor’s note providing information on medical need for large quantities

If you have an extended work trip or vacation, you may need to provide a doctor’s note, especially when traveling through international customs. If you’re a student studying abroad with medical necessity for the use of Adderall, you are required to provide medical documentation when filling and traveling with more than a one month supply. This is true for any Schedule I, II, III, and IV class drugs.

Do: Keep medication in original bottles with pharmacy label

Keeping medications in the original pharmacy labeled bottles. It makes medications easy to identify and provides the doctor’s information. For example, if you are pulled over for a speeding ticket and the police have a K-9 officer that finds a bottle of Hydrocodone in your car, you are responsible for possessing that medication. However, having the prescription information indicates to the officer the drug, type, amount, and dispensing information.

Do: Reach for help if you are facing drug crime charges

In the event that you are facing drug charges, know that you can count on the team of legal experts at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot to lend a helping hand in your time of need. With several decades of experience under our belts and a dedication to doing right by our clients, you can count on us to fight for your rights no matter the circumstance.

To get the help you need, contact our team today. We look forward to hearing from you!